Checkout point of sale: "eating our own dog food".
Posted by Jonathan White on December 04, 2016. 3 Comments
It's difficult for anyone working full-time in accounting/consulting to find opportunities to actually use the software they sell and consult on themselves: to run a shop and experience "real-world" use of the product. To eat your own dog food, to use one of those strange but useful expressions that's come from the tech industry.
All parents with children in sports clubs, swimming in my case, will know that sinking feeling that comes with the receipt of the relentless (but total necessary) requests for help with the club. Desperate to avoid anything that involved responsibility whatsoever for any actual swimming such I was suffering from a degree of guilt for not contributing.
My ‘opportunity’ came with the chance to take over the club shop. I say 'shop' but, to put it in context, it is very literally a ‘pop-up’ that pops-up on a table at the pool for a couple of hourhs a week. Nevertheless, the shop has the same issues as any other, albeit on a micro scale, and brings with it the chance to use Checkout in real life.
Looking at our Checkout data file I can see we've go roughly 150 products and need to be able to cope with product variations, bar codes, customer orders, purchase orders and the occasional credit customer. In fact, thinking about it, we use pretty much all the features in Checkout except bar code creation. Despite the scale there's enough there to give Checkout a fairly through testing!
Coming next: getting organised.